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The Devil's Pitchfork (Derek Stillwater Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Terry
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Book Description

It is called Chimera M13.

It is the most dangerous biological weapon on the planet.

It is locked away in a vault.

Terrorists calling themselves The Fallen Angels steal it.

They intend to use it.

Only one man stands between The Fallen Angels and Armageddon.

Dr. Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security is that man.

All hell is about to break loose...

Editorial Reviews


"A thrill ride in novel form, The Devil's Pitchfork is hands down one of the most gripping novels you'll read this year."


"A thrill ride in novel form, The Devil's Pitchfork is hands down one of the most gripping novels you'll read this year."

Product Details

  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006NTV40M
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: OROX Books; Electronic 1 edition (May 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LSTW3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Moving, Action Packed July 27, 2012
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With The Devil's Pitchfork, author Mark Terry hits the ground running. The book opens during Iraq I, with the protagonist using laser guidance to target an air strike on an Iraqi weapons depot which contains chemical/biological weapons.

The story then moves to a bio lab near Baltimore where a group has overcome security and stolen a genetically created Bio weapon. Enter Derek Stillwater now a trouble shooter for Homeland Security and an expert on Bio weapons. Now the chase is on, and as the reader learns early on, the primary suspect is a former colleague of Stillwater's from his days in the army.

Very quick paced as the whole story takes place over just a couple of days, with a lot of bodies piling up.

Stillwater is unlike any thriller genre `hero' you have ever read about. Prior to the big action, he experiences panic attacks and gets physically ill. Writers in the thriller genre have a lot of competition and, for the most part, over worked plots. Kudos to the author who can make his characters stand out from the crowd. Mark Terry does that with Stillwater and his affliction.

On the negative side, while I am a fan of action thrillers, there is a point where there is too much action. As the story develops, this book has a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter. They involve different characters, but it still became annoying after a bit. But, that's just the way I look at it, your mileage may vary. Also, as with so many of the self published Ebooks, this one was in dire need of an editor. Twice, on the same page, Terry called his protag., Stillwater, Clearwater. How can an author do that?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ride! December 10, 2006
I love a good techno-thriller, and I'm thrilled (pun intended) that there's a new writer who can match the talents of all my favorites. Terry obviously has in-depth knowledge of chemical-biological warfare, and he has us believing that the scenario in Pitchfork is real possibility. The hero, Derek Stillwater, is a step above other thriller heros because he has a human side, not the perfect world saving robot that other authors use. I highly recommend this book to any thriller fan. You may never open a can of Coke again!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Mystery, Great characters October 26, 2006
I loved this book! I was hooked from the start. There's a lot of action and also a lot of mystery. The thing that sets this book apart from others is that there is always a surprise waiting around the corner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great biological techno-thriller. April 1, 2010
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It deserves four and a half stars. I can't give it five, because it has two instances of an important character's last name showing up with the wrong first name, and I find that annoying. It means the author was writing at high speed, and the editor was not doing his or her job very well. The plot was good and kept me wanting to keep reading instead of turning in for the night. The characters were a wee bit thin, but the good guys were clearly good, and you hated the bad guys. I'll be buying and reading the rest of Mr. Terry's output, and if you like suspenseful techno-thrillers, I can recommend The Devil's Pitchfork to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Shycat
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This is the first book in the series that I've read. The action is non-stop and unfortunately, the plot is all too realistic. It would make a good story for an action movie. The ending was predictable, but that's what you get with a series. My only criticism is the poor editing job someone did. If not for that, I would have given it a 5 star rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining August 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mark Terry's first thriller featuring bioterrorism expert and "troubleshooter" Derek Stillwater is an engaging, fast-moving, and entertaining read. Stillwater's not your average thriller protagonist: he's prone to panic attacks (not surprising, given the nasty things he's working with)and he makes mistakes, sometimes fatal ones. But that makes him a lot more interesting than the infallible supermen that seem to be the norm in thriller fiction.

What really raises a thriller up, however, is a credible and scary villain. This one, a former colleague of Stillwater's who calls himself "Fallen," is a doozy. No one's sure why he's so crazy--one theory is his exposure to nerve agents in the first Gulf war has damaged his nervous system--but crazy he is, and brilliant as well, with absolutely no compassion left in him. He's chillingly rendered and he'll keep you up at night.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly realistic December 1, 2010
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I enjoyed this book and it's one that once you begin reading, it's very hard to stop. The disease as described in the book is every person's worst nightmare of an illness and because it's bioengineered, it's even scarier. Who knows what kind of bugs scientists are cooking up out there?

My only complaint is that I made the mistake of reading The Serpant's Kiss first and there were some spoilers in it for this one, but that's my own fault. It think it would have been an even better read for me if I hadn't known how things were going to turn out, so just a note to all of you, read this book first! ;-)

I have Fallen on my wishlist, and I will probably purchase it as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed September 29, 2007
By sajie
From the first page of the first chapter, this book starts moving with action and suspense and doesn't let up. I coudn't wait to get to the next page. If you like Jack Ryan or Jason Bourne, you will love this book. Derek Stillwater is a reluctant hero. He just wants to do his job, but his natural curiosty, the way his mind works and his need to make things right pull him further into intrigue even against his will. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next. I couldn't help thinking this book was a modern day Three Days Of The Condor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 19 days ago by DAVID W DEHAAN II
5.0 out of 5 stars a very rapid read..,not getting any sleep though
This (book 2) was another page burner. It was very suspenseful. It was well written and well worth my time
Published 1 month ago by Mountain Wanderer
4.0 out of 5 stars Got to read it..
A new super spy has been born. Had trouble putting it down.. Good plot lines. Getting ready to read number two.
Published 5 months ago by Dr don
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
yes i recommend this series
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Grafton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very action packed
Enjoyed the book- very good characters, good story line, an exciting tale! Great lead character -Will definitely read the sequels.
Published 5 months ago by Patti H Puckett
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Exciting and fast paced, looking forward to more books from Mark Terry . . . . . . . .
Published 8 months ago by FranciscoB
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a deep breath and fasten your seat belt before you start reading.
The action starts on the first page and doesn't end till the Epilogue. A madman bent on killing off the majority of the human race to start the world over and a troubleshooter for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carol Lanter
5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Stillwater thriler
Last week we were under the cover of snow and ice, unable to go out, I was looking for a good book and was lucky enough to discover Mark Terry's Derek Stillwater thrillers! Read more
Published 13 months ago by ZiZi
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Action
THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK is an action-packed thriller that delves into bio-terrorism. Although some of the occurrences are somewhat far-fetched, the over-all plot crisis is rather... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jonathon K
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
Finished reading this last night and really enjoyed it. Great cast of characters and an interesting plot. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anna Dobritt
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More About the Author

Mark Terry is the author of the Derek Stillwater thrillers, THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK, THE SERPENT'S KISS, and THE FALLEN, as well as several standalone thrillers, including DIRTY DEEDS, CATFISH GURU, and DANCING IN THE DARK. Born in Flint, Michigan in 1964, he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in microbiology and public health, which has informed his Derek Stillwater thrillers and other fiction. After spending 18 years working in clinical genetics, he turned to writing full time. When not writing or reading, Mark Terry is a gym rat, lifting weights, biking, running, kayaking, studying Sanchin-Ryu karate, and playing the guitar. Otherwise he spends his time with his wife and two sons in Michigan.

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